Informal Logic: A Handbook for Critical Argumentation
This is an introductory guidebook to the basic principles of how to construct good arguments and how to criticeze bad ones. It is non-technical in its approach and is based on 150 key examples, each discussed and evaluated in clear, illustrative detail. Professor Walton, a leading authority in the field of informal logic, explains how errors, fallacies, and other key failures of argument occur. He shows how correct uses of argument are based on sound strategies for reasoned persuasion and critical responses. Among the many subjects covered are: forms of valid argument, relevance, appeals to emotion, personal attack, uses and abuses of expert opinion, problems in deploying statistics, loading terms, equivocation, arguments from analogy, and techniques of posing, replying to, and criticizing questions. The book will be ideally suited to courses in informal logic and in the introduction to philosophy. It will also prove valuable to studetns of pragmatics, rhetoric, and speech communication.
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Review: Informal Logic: A Handbook for Critical ArgumentUser Review - loafingcactus - Goodreads
Anything by Walton is bound to be good and this is no exception. Many of my notes from this book will surely show up in future blog posts. Read full review
Review: Informal Logic: A Handbook for Critical ArgumentUser Review - Andy Adkins - Goodreads
many books I have listed as to be read are more accurately listed as to be re-read (it seems dishonest to say that I am currently reading 8000 books when in actuality many are just source material which on occasion awaken curious efforts for value assessments Read full review